It’s certainly taken some time to get here, but it seems that Moby’s all-vegan Silver Lake cafe Little Pine has now been given the green light to proceed.
The simple Rowena Avenue space sits across the street from the coveted Ivanhoe Elementary School, which means neighbors are very protective of their little enclave. What should have been a relatively straightforward approval process ended up dragging on for months, and only after Moby himself showed up to defend the restaurant — and make some concessions on noise levels and the like — did things finally start to come together.
And so now here it is, a 50+ seater designed by Studio Hus with off-street parking and a small patio out back. The front of the restaurant is dedicated to a shelf for retail purchases (a city zoning requirement, apparently), which then flows into a long run of booth seating and into the main dining room, which is comprised mostly of simple wooden two and four-tops.
Per the LA Times, the menu at Little Pine promises to be rather straightforward, as far as vegan fare goes. All organic ingredients, loads of salads, and pastas to boot. There will be beer and 100% organic wine, plus sangrias, though drinking heavily here is certainly not going to be the main focus.
Little Pine opens on November 19 with plans to immediately keep all-day hours from 7:30 a.m. to midnight.
2870 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA